With a clear vision of your leadership aspirations and an understanding of what you are ready to learn, what immediate change could you make to bring you closer to those aspirations?
Challenge yourself with this daily question:
Q: What can I do today to embody my leadership aspirations?
Tom’s Reflections on These Questions
We would all do well to remind ourselves of this every day:
Today is the only day I get to do anything.
My invitation is to take a moment to stand still.
- What one step might I take today?
- What might be preventing me from taking this step?
This poem from David Whyte speaks to this theme of taking the step we may not want to take.
Start close in,
don’t take the second step
or the third,
start with the first
you don’t want to take.
From “Start Close In” by David Whyte ©.
Listen to the full poem: Start Close In
The Curious Leaders programme is designed to foster a deep sense of curiosity about who you are as a person and as a leader. It challenges you to reflect on what you can do each day to become a more effective leader. The premise is that before we can truly lead others, we first need to lead ourselves.
It thus ultimately starts with self-leadership. This is about building a practice of reflection and action whereby we become increasingly curious about how our thinking is impacting our actions. This is the first step in building a world in which curiosity shapes leadership.
In this world, leaders aren’t boxed in by traditional thinking or established playbooks. They are open to fresh ideas and diverse perspectives, fostering a culture of exploration and learning. In truth, nurturing curiosity in leadership is essential if we are to address the key challenges of the 21st century.